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Gov't Shutdown Hits 800K Workers -- Private Sector Firings Every Month = 1.5 Million

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | January 4, 2019 | 3:57 PM EST

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The partial government shutdown, now in its 14th day, affects an estimated 800,000 federal workers, nearly all of whom will receive their back-pay when the shutdown ends. In the private sector, however, more than 1.5 million Americans are laid off or fired every month and most of them do not get to return to their jobs. 

Simply, nearly twice as many private sector workers lose their jobs every month compared to the federal workers who are temporarily inconvenienced for a few weeks during the shutdown. 

According to the Senate Appropriations Committee -- as prepared by Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) committee staff -- 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial government shutdown. This includes 420,000 people who continue to work without pay (until the shutdown ends) and another 380,000 people who are furloughed. 

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In addition, nine out of 15 federal departments and dozens of agencies are closed, according to the committee

The 420,000 federal employees who are still working without pay (temporarily) include 53,000 TSA agents, 42,000 Coast Guardsmen, 13,709 FBI agents, 3,600 weather service forecasters, and 2,614 ATF agents.

Among the 380,000 furloughed are 41,000 Commerce Department employees, 16,700 NASA workers, 18,300 Transportation Department workers and approximately 52,000 IRS staffers. 

In the private sector, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in October 2018 -- latest data available -- 1,579,000 American workers were laid off or discharged (fired). In September, the number was 1,609,000; in August, 1,666,000; in July, 1,520,000; and in June, 1,568,000.  The numbers were similar for the rest of 2018 and by month in 2017 -- about 1.5 million workers lost their jobs every month.

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The U.S. workers who lost their jobs and had to search for new employment worked in myriad fields. These included mining and logging, construction, retail trade, transportation, financial activities, business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. 

To put it in perspective, over the last 12 months, more than 18,000,000 Americans lost their jobs; in the shutdown, 800,000 federal workers either worked without pay temporarily or they stayed home, and they will get paid when the shutdown ends. 

Yet the liberals, big government hangers-on, and the leftist media complain because a National Forest worker is essentially on vacation. They rarely ever complain about private sector layoffs. They claim that it's part of the nature of capitalism.  But when government employees have to stay home, the sky is falling, according to liberals.

Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said today that "food safety inspectors ... are working without pay ... American farmers can't get loans from the USDA" and "our National Parks are suffering."

Welcome to tightening your belt, Sen. Schumer, regular Americans do it every single day. 

(Schumer, incidentally, has worked in government on the taxpayers' dime since he was 25 years old -- 43 years now.)

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman